Press Advisories

29. 4. 2014 23:24

Statement by the Czech and Chinese foreign ministries

The Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek, is on a working trip to China on 28–30 April 2014 at the invitation of the Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi.

Press statement by the Czech and Chinese foreign ministries

The two countries’ foreign ministries have agreed on the following:

Both parties have reaffirmed the great importance that they attach to Sino-Czech relations and, commemorating the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, on the basis of mutual respect and equality, and taking into account the key interests of both countries, they intend to continue deepening their cooperation on principles agreed in the Joint Declarations of the Governments of the Czech Republic and the People’s Republic of China from 1999 and 2005, to provide fresh impetus in the traditional friendship that the two countries have long enjoyed.

Both parties respect the paths of development followed with regard to the situation in both countries, and their domestic and foreign policy. They have reaffirmed adherence to the principle of non-interference in internal affairs, as expressed in the UN Charter. The Czech Republic respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the People’s Republic of China, is fully aware of the importance and sensitivity of the issue of Tibet, and has reaffirmed that it is committed to a one-China policy and that Tibet is an inseparable part of Chinese territory. In this regard, the Czech Republic does not support Tibetan independence in any form whatsoever.

Both parties wish to strengthen dialogue and exchanges between the two countries at all levels, and they are in favour of maintaining dialogue between the legislative bodies of the two countries on issues of common interest. Both parties have reaffirmed their efforts to promote and protect human rights on the basis of equality and mutual respect.

Both parties value the results of cooperation between the two countries and achievements in the health sector, regional cooperation, culture and other areas. Both countries intend to continue harnessing the potential that exists to intensify cooperation in science and technology, education, energy and agriculture. They will continue to strengthen cooperation in tourism, and will provide even better conditions for mutual contact between the citizens of the two countries.

Both parties intend to increase mutual investment and stimulate further trade growth. They will encourage their companies to invest in the other country, and will strive to foster conditions conducive to mutual cooperation. The two sides encourage their companies to examine the opportunities to build an economic and technological park according to the principle of “government leadership, corporate decision-making and market functioning”. They encourage companies from both countries to develop their cooperation on third markets.

Both parties hold in high regard the positive trend of current cooperation between China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. China applauds the Czech Republic’s active participation in the above cooperation and would welcome an even greater role by the Czech Republic in the future. Both parties wish to contribute jointly to a situation where cooperation between China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe moves up to a new level as the comprehensive strategic partnership between the EU and China intensifies further.

Both parties wish to strengthen their cooperation in the United Nations and other international organisations, and to work together effectively to tackle all dangers and challenges that threaten international peace and security. The two parties condemn terrorism in any form and call on the international community to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

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